American Bar Association
Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems
American Bar Association Energy and Resources Committees

Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems

Committee Information

Welcome to the homepage of the Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee (CCSDE). Our committee is a cross-practice committee within the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Our goal is to make the Committee a premier source of information and a forum for discussion on the law and policies related to climate change, sustainable development, and ecosystems. The coming year will be a very exciting one in these fields and our Committee will continue to be on the forefront of new developments.

Message from the Co-Chairs

The co-chairs and vice-chairs of the Committee encourage you to become actively involved in our programs and discussions and welcome you to enjoy the benefits of Committee membership. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about the activities of the Committee, would like to become more involved with the projects we plan to undertake this year, or if you are interested in initiating a project not listed here.

Climate Change: Climate change continues to be a source of rapid developments in environmental law. Over the course of 2013 and 2014, EPA will propose new source performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing sources. These rulemakings will have significant impacts on the electric power generation sector and raise a number of important legal questions. There are also a range of other executive branch activities on greenhouse gases and climate change. Litigation related to these issues continues, including a recent grant of certiorari by the Supreme Court and pending cases in the D.C. Circuit and other courts of appeals.

Sustainable Development: The ABA House of Delegates recently adopted a resolution on sustainability, and a presidential-level ABA task force has been established to carry out the implementation of the resolution. The Committee will be working with the Task Force, and we will be looking for ways for our committee to support their activities. The Committee also continues to work to identify ways that lawyers can better advise clients on sustainability issues. For more information on these programs or if you have suggestions for other programs, contact our Sustainable Development Vice Chairs, Bill Blackburn or John C. Dernbach.

Social Media: The ABA’s Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources has a limited number of dedicated pages for subgroups on LinkedIn, and CCSDE was selected as one of those pages. We encourage all members of the Committee to join the group on LinkedIn and to join our conversations. We post useful information and updates and have had some great exchanges of views on the page. It’s a great way to stay in touch with your colleagues and contacts in this subject area as well. If you have questions, please contact our social media vice-chairs, Ruth Ivory-Moore and Caitlin Shields.

E-mail Updates: The Committee will continue sending updates to our members via the committee list serve as well as periodic e-mails on sustainable development and ecosystems news items. We hope this will keep our members abreast of recent developments in the field. If you have an update you would like to share with Committee members, or if you have any comments on the e-mail updates, please e-mail electronic communications vice-chairs Justin Smith and Eric Waeckerlin.

Programs and Public Service: The Committee will continue to develop excellent programming, including proposals for the Section Fall Meeting and Annual Conference on Environmental Law, regional programming, and responsive Quick Teleconferences and webinars.

Committee Newsletter: The Committee plans to publish four quarterly newsletters during the coming year. If you are interested in submitting an article or have an idea you would like to discuss, please contact our Newsletter Vice Chairs Julia Latham, Victor Baltera, and Bill Smalling.

The Year In Review: Each year, the Committee contributes a section on climate change, sustainable development, and ecosystems to the ABA SEER The Year in Review. This publication provides an excellent summary of the most significant events in the field. If you are interested in working on The Year in Review for our Committee, please contact our The Year in Review Vice Chairs, Dianne Callan, Jennifer Drust, and Joe Siegel.

New Book!

Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, Second Edition

Michael B. Gerrard and Jody Freeman, Editors

This comprehensive examination of U.S. law as it relates to climate change completely updates and reconsiders material from the prior edition while adding extensive new material. Recognizing that climate change is largely an energy problem, a new section addresses energy regulation.

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Committee Co-Chairs


Broome, Shannon
Fisher, Emily

Committee Roster  

2014-2015 Climate Change Committee Leadership

View the full roster of Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee leadership.

Committee Events

Section Events

Sustainability Framework for Law Organizations

Key law firms have adopted the Framework, which includes a model policy, guidelines and useful references and has been supported by CERES organization. The Framework embraces sustainability's so-called Triple Bottom Line of social, economic and environmental responsibility that has been promoted in an ABA resolution and is popular among major corporations, governments and NGOs.

Links of Interest

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View Committee Newsletters

An archive of the committee's past newsletters is available.

Modified by Romeo Talento on October 15, 2014

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